Monsignor Labaki's Lawyer Says No Rulings Received on Child Abuse Case, Assures His Defendant’s Innocenceإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Mansour Labaki's lawyer denied on Thursday that Vatican authorities ruled that the monsignor was innocent of the child abuse accusations against him.
"The case is now in the hands of Pope Francis only, and we are sure of Labaki's innocence according to the documents we have,” attorney Antoine Akl said in released statement.
"And therefore, we were not surprised by media reports saying he was innocent but we are waiting for Vatican authorities to officially communicate the ruling to us,” he added.
Akl also revealed that he has filed a criminal complaint with Lebanese judicial authorities against all locals and foreigners involved in launching accusations against Labaki.
"We gathered irrefutable documents, among them emails, shared by the suspects and used to falsely accuse the monsignor,” he noted.
The case is now in the hands of Maronite Patriarch Behsara al-Rahi who will review it with Pope Francis, added the lawyer.
Labaki was charged in 2013 by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican with sexually abusing several minors.
The Vatican's office charged Labaki after a two-year investigation.
The Monsignor reportedly appealed the sentence but it was rejected by Rome.
He was sentenced to a life of penitence and he will also be banned from conducting any ecclesiastical duties or participating in public appearances.
Labaki, 73, is a well-known figure in Lebanon and is the founder of a spiritual movement called Lo Tedhal.
He has also written several books and composed famous hymns.
I know personally Abouna Labaki, 1000000% sure he is NOT guilty, he is totally INNOCENT...
Too much jealous people, too much corrupted people doesn't like him because this man is really TRUE and FAIR.
He is a real victim, and the TRUE will win!!!
Irrespective of this thread, the Vatican must now decide allow our clergy the choice of marriage or not. There are many people who wish to become priest, yet many abstain because of the celibacy required to become one. Catholicism is facing this serious problem, to the point where priests from Africa are going to the West to keep their parishes active. There are many non-Catholic churches that allow a priest to marry, so why can't Catholics be allowed the same options? Maybe the Vatican should make a law that allows marriage yet the cleric will be just like everyone else where it pertains to marriage laws.
Half-disclosure: obviously you were there at the time this priest sexually harassed his victims! You were probably video taping it to weren't you? How dare you claim "Absolutely guilty"... For the sake of my eye sight and the wasted second of my life which I will not get back reading your petty comment, keep your unprofessional opinion to your self!